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This is the longest song I've ever written. It's called "Succumb." It's about my usuals: abuse, guilt, and misplaced loyalties. A while back, a friend challenged me to write a song from a female perspective. While this song didn't start out that way, listening back to it now, it seems fairly obvious that this it was meant to be sung by a woman. So, challenge accepted, I guess? I hope you enjoy.

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Because I follow you
It’s hard to know how you’ll react
Thought if I followed in
Your footsteps, I’d be shielded from attacks
But I’m damned for lack of trying
To push past fears of leading us astray
I guess it’s gratifying
To know that there’s no words that I can say

Cause when that look gets in your eyes
You never stop until there’s blood
Beneath your fingernails from
Carving out a certain kind of love
That leaves me petrified of losing
What my mother warned me of
And keeps you satisfied secure
In knowing that I will succumb

You wear that dress and I succumb
You say my name and I succumb
You start to cry and I succumb
You know damn well that I’ll succumb
You know damn well that I’ll succumb

You think you’re in control
And that you know just what to do
To keep me vulnerable
To any kind of overture from you
It’s hard to argue with
Results and darling that’s just what you get
Your light keeps flickering
And you keep telling me it’s in my head

Cause when that look gets in your eyes
You never stop until there’s blood
Beneath your fingernails from
Carving out a certain kind of love
That leaves me petrified of losing
What my mother warned me of
And keeps you satisfied secure
In knowing that I will succumb

You raise your voice and I succumb
You pour a drink and I succumb
You slam the door and I succumb
You know damn well that I’ll succumb
You know damn well that I’ll succumb

And after I submit
You rest your head against my chest
And I can’t stomach it
What I’ll promise for a pound of flesh
Whatever innocence
I had you’ve twisted into something weak
That you can use against
Me anytime a tear runs down my cheek

Cause when that look gets in your eyes
You never stop until there’s blood
Beneath your fingernails from
Carving out a certain kind of love
That leaves me petrified of losing
What my mother warned me of
And keeps you satisfied secure
In knowing that I will succumb

You touch my hand and I succumb
You kiss my lips and I succumb
You say you’ll change and I succumb
You know damn well that I’ll succumb
You know damn well that I’ll succumb
You know damn well that I’ll succumb

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from Green Curtain Songs, released September 21, 2017

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Nate Paladino California

I write and sing sad songs that sometimes sound happy. Mostly about love and toxic masculinity.

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